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Campaign 2008 / Obama vs. McCain / Race Issue #900119

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 31, 2008
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Senator John McCain's strategy of criticizing Senator John McCain often and hard introduced. {Note: local weather bulletin on screen.}

(No location given: David Wright) McCain's decision to make the race a referendum on Obama examined. [In Racine, Wisconsin, in response to a question from voter Judy CHAVOURS-FREEMAN†, McCAIN - says there are differences.]

(Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Jake Tapper) Obama's response to the critical attack ads from McCain by raising the race issue featured. [OBAMA - asks if that is the best McCain can come up with.] [Yesterday, in Missouri, OBAMA - says the Republicans are trying to scare you about my funny name.] [McCAIN - denies race in the campaign.] Statements from McCain campaign's Rick Davis that Obama is playing the race card and a denial from Obama campaign's David Plouffe† quoted; McCain and Obama TV ads shown. ["The Rothenberg Political Report" Stuart ROTHENBERG†- offers analysis.]

Gibson, Charles;
Wright, David;
Tapper, Jake

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